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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

November 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

2 candidates lead their races despite being dead

The Associated Press

Two candidates in separate races in the state are winning in Tuesday’s election despite being dead.

In Des Moines, John Rosentangle won 71 percent of the vote over write-in candidates in King County Water District 54. The 63-year-old died in August of an illness.

In Aberdeen, John Erak is leading Alan Richrod with 53 percent of the vote in a City Council race. The 81-year-old Erak was a former state representative who died in June shortly after announcing he was running to retain his seat on the council. His current lead is only 12 votes, and the results aren’t final.

Both men died after the filing period closed, and their names could not be removed from ballots.

 

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